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State cracks down on fraudulent opioid prescriptions, critics skeptical

How much of an impact will a new mandate for doctors will have in the Stateline?  Some health professionals say they think it's a step in the right direction, while others say they're skeptical. 

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Gov. Rauner signs bill to battle opioid abuse, limit doctor-shopping

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Wednesday making it harder for people abusing opioids to get a prescription. We'll have more on what local health professionals think about the new requirement tonight on 13 News at 5 and 6. 

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Federal government launches program to battle opioid epidemic

There's a new opioid attack plan on the federal level and we're learning more about the steps the government plans to take.  

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Family launches Facebook page to share daughter's struggle with addiction

13 news reporter Andi TenBarge sat down with her her family today to see what they're doing to make sure another family doesn't have to endure their same pain. 

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Celebrate Recovery brings hope to local opioid addicts

Recovering opioid addict Asa Rowan Recovering opioid addict Asa Rowan

Asa began buying from whoever and whenever he could, asking strangers and even stealing from his own family. At one point Asa was spending about $200 dollars a day on pills, taking about 40 to 50 pills just to function.

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